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Age of Order by Julian North

Age of Order by Julian North Buy on Amazon, Add to Goodreads Inequality is a science. Giant machines maintain order. And all people are not created equal. Daniela Machado is offered a chance to escape the deprivation of Bronx City through a coveted slot at the elite Tuck School. There, among the highborn of Manhattan, she discovers an unimaginable world of splendor and greed. But her opportunity is part of a darker plan, and she soon learns that those at society’s apex will stop at nothing to keep power for themselves. Daniela may have a chance to change the world,...

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Goodbye, 2016… Hello, 2017…

2016 had been a good year for my editing business and personal writing, on top of which I’ve joined a wad of new groups and made even more writing and editing friends, some of whom I’ve helped launch editing businesses, or given short writing critiques. So, my year in review… 2016 was just crazy. All in all, I have edited or beta read, thirty-five stories/novels, of which, twenty-two have been (self) published, two are awaiting a publisher or agent, three are scheduled for (self) publishing in the first quarter of the year, and a handful are in the process...

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R.R.Virdi: Dangerous Ways (The Books of Winter #1)

Dangerous Ways Genres: Urban Fantasy Buy on Amazon Goodreads From the Dragon Award-nominated author, R.R. Virdi. Jonathan Hawthorne has lived over a century beholden to one rule: do not meddle in mortal affairs. He’s broken it twice. So when he crosses paths with Cassidy Winters, he’s forced to interfere again. Strike three. And the third time’s not the charm. Hawthorne is swept along as Cassidy slips through the cracks in reality. And being hunted by bands of monsters doesn’t help. To find the answers they need, they’ll have to play in a dangerous world. One where the odds and...

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What to look for when assessing a freelance editor

I am not a published author myself – something I intend to rectify in the future – so the information in this post is based on things I’ve heard authors say about their experiences with freelance editors, my opinions after viewing their websites and posts, plus research I carried out when considering whether to become an editor (paying particular attention to the criticisms in the hope I might avoid some of the pitfalls). Just because a freelance editor ‘says‘ they are qualified in copy/line/developmental does not make it so. Once upon a time, I thought I could copy edit – until a client pointed out that I was introducing errors. It is one of the reasons I opted to specialise in developmental editing. I can explain the intricacies of story arcs and writing techniques for hours on end (if you let me), but fathoming the use of an independent clause or a compound predicate grinds my brain to a halt. Be aware that anyone can set up a website or Facebook page and call themselves a ‘professional’ editor. Having spent months, and possibly years on your manuscript, writing, editing, rewriting, editing, and then editing a few more times for good measure, the last thing you want to do is rush into a contract with the first editor you come across who matches your budget without engaging in a little detective...

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EFA: Book Mapping for Developmental Editing

Often, when I get a complex manuscript in (or one I’m struggling to get my head around) I take a giant step back and break it down into scenes, looking at the smaller parts of the puzzle, as opposed to the whole picture. So imagine my delight when I discovered it was an actual technique of developmental editing, and that it had a name  – Book (or manuscript) mapping – and that the EFA (Editorial Freelancers Association) was running a course on it. I couldn’t sign up quick enough. Although I already do an element of book mapping, I’m always keen to listen to those who are more experienced than myself and discover alternative methods of carrying out a task. We’re just entering week two, and I’m already seeing better ways of working to achieve the same results.  ...

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